Sunday, October 1, 2017

1 October 1912 - The Ascension Of Cerro Porteño

On 1 October 1912, a group of friends in Ascunsión founded Cerro Porteño. With 31 league titles, they have become one of Paraguay's most successful clubs.

That first meeting was held at the home of Susana Nuñez, mother of one of the players. They chose the name "Cerro Porteño" after the nearby location of a famous battle where, in 1811, Paraguayan soldiers held off an invasion by Argentinian forces. As their colors, they chose red and blue, uniting the colors associated with the country's rival political parties. That choice led to Cerro Porteño becoming known as "the club of the people." 

They won their first national title in 1913, quickly followed by additional ones in 1915, 1918, and 1919. The 1920s passed without silverware, but Cerro Porteño have claimed at least one league title in every decade since. Their most dominant period came in the 1970s, when they won five (1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1977). The club's current total of 31 is second only to Olimpia (40).

Their most recent trophy came in 2015, when they won the Apertura by five points over Guaraní.

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